Owls, sheep and cheese -the Nantwich show service


undefinedThe Nantwich Show is the largest one day agricultural show in the country. It incorporates the International Cheese Show, which this year boasted 5,000 entries.

The churches in Nantwich and the surrounding area held a service on the evening before the show. This year the service was led by Revd Anne Lawson, Vicar of the Cross Country Parishes of Acton, Church Minshull, Worleston and Wettenhall.  Archdeacon Ian Bishop preached and blessed the showground (shown below).

The service ended with the offering of the ‘Gifts of the Show’, when those taking part  bring forward something which represents their section of the show.  This year the first item to be offered was the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was awarded to the show in recognition of the enormous number of volunteers who enable the show to happen.

Other ‘gifts’ included a Barn Owl and a Red Tailed Hawk, diggers used by the ground staff - which raised their buckets, vintage vehicles - which gave a blast on their horns, a horse shoe - representing the shire horse section, knitted items and a shepherds crook representing the sheep section.

The Nantwich Show is held on the last Wednesday in July.